Notes From Training Camp Practice #1

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 1, 2011 – 4:36 pm

The first training camp practice of the Leslie Frazier era is in the books. Vikings players and coaches hit the outdoor practice fields for about 95 minutes under partly cloudy skies and windy conditions. The wind didn’t provide a great teaching environment but it probably helped everyone tolerate the humidity.

Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder met with reporters after practice and one of his first comments was about how great the weather was for the workout; Ponder is of course used to the suffocating heat and humidity in Tallahassee, Florida for training camp practices. Speaking of Ponder, we caught up with him before he met with reporters, so be sure to check back to for that video interview tonight.

There was a larger-than-normal contingent of players who sat out of practice on Monday, due mostly to rules in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that prohibit players operating under a new contract from participating in practice until the League year stars, which is on Thursday, August 4. Notable players not practicing because of this rule included S Husain Abdullah, WRs Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins, DT Remi Ayodele, LB Erin Henderson and QB Donovan McNabb.

Beyond unavailable personnel, another limitation for the Vikings in practice today was because of another new CBA rule which prohibits teams from contact practices for the first three days of camp, including report day. This means that tomorrow (Tuesday) will be another day of no contact.

So because of the limited personnel available and because of the no contact rule, we’ll take it easy before we start listing off which players are running with the first team and which players are running with the second team. For now, suffice it to say that there were no major surprises in terms of the unofficial depth chart.

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier held a press conference following practice and streamed it live. We’ll have that available for you in on-demand format at some point tonight, so be sure to come back for that. Also, RB Adrian Peterson left practice early, but it’s for a good reason. Frazier disclosed after practice that Peterson’s fiancé went into labor; don’t be surprised if Peterson misses a couple days.

Here are a few more quick notes from Monday’s practice…

– CB Marcus Sherels and WRs Stephen Burton, Greg Camarillo and Jaymar Johnson took turns returning punts. It was a tough task because of the wind. We’ll continue to monitor the punt returner – as well as the kick returner – rotations throughout camp to try and give you an idea of who to expect back there for preseason game #1.

– There was a #4 jersey out on the field. No, it wasn’t Brett Favre. With new QB Donovan McNabb having negotiated #5 away from Kluwe, the Vikings punter has switched to jersey #4 for the season.

– I thought I’d make a simple note each day of players who just looked good…players who pass what is called “the eye test.” We’ll track this throughout camp and then see if it translates onto the field during games. Passing the eye test today was: FB Matt Asiata, RB Toby Gerhart, LB Chad Greenway, CB Cedric Griffin, WR Percy Harvin, DE D’Aundre Reed, RB Alexander Robinson and TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

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23 Responses to “Notes From Training Camp Practice #1”

  1. By Woodboat on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Wobs. Love the updates on training camp…. keep them coming, brother!

  2. By BB is staying on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    At least he should be motivated in a contract year. Berrian has been downright awful in each of the past two seasons, often looking out of gas and alligator-arming would-be catches. We’re stunned the Vikings brought him back, no matter how much his pay cut was. He simply can’t play anymore. New offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave had better make sure Percy Harvin or a tight end is his quarterback’s first read on virtually every snap, because Berrian and Michael Jenkins make up arguably the worst set of outside receivers in football.

  3. By Tim on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Randy Moss retired i hope he changes his mind and comes back to finish his legendary career with the vikings but if not God bless him. And i know he will always be known as one of the greatest wide recievers ever to strap on a football helmet.

  4. By rye on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply


    Jenkins is actually a very dependable receiver with good hands.

    I agree with you on Bernard Berrrian. For what they are paying him, they would be better off signing someone like Floyd. A proven receiver over the last two years. I thought Berrian promised a turn around last year too!!!!

    I hope I’m wrong, but Berrian is a wast of money that could go to a better receiver.

  5. By skolpurpleandgold on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    haha Kluwe with the #4 now. Good update Mike. I gotta say that Kluwe is good guy for giving up his number in such a unselfesh way.

  6. By Aaron on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    keep it up man. keep a good eye on whats going on with the secondary, thats my main concern.

  7. By animal26 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Why wasn’t Bryant McKinney practicing today?

  8. By Mike Wobschall on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    McKinnie was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

  9. By Skol_Vikes98 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    What is wrong with McKinney? Is he sick, out of shape, or did he just get hurt doing something else?

  10. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Probably got tennis elbow from the WIlliams sisters.

  11. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobs – Rumor has it Bernard Berrian sat out also! Can you confirm that? Did he restructure his contract?

  12. By animal26 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K. Yeah, Berrian did get his contract restructured.

  13. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks animal26

  14. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    now, tell me whatz up with McKinnie?

  15. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Usually you are put on the non-football injury list if you can’t p@ss a physical.

  16. By Arrow86 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    McKinnie had better feel better quick. Peyton’s blindside Tackle is in Viking purple come Thursday!!!!!!!!

  17. By Gabe1 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Take it for what it’s worth but I was at an event last week where some fellow players were and apparently McKinney is over 400lbs. I guess there’s a clause in his contract that if he’s over x weight we could potentially cut him if we wanted. Does this have anything with us signing OT Johnson from the colts today?

  18. By Tim on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Bryant Mckinnie is just become a selfish lazy lug he cant block for SH#T anymore Charlie Johnson will make our O line great again watch @ C.

  19. By animal26 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    to try and shift this blog to something positive. How about Phil Loadholt. Is it me, or does he look thinner, then he was last year? He looks like he’s in very good shape.

  20. By Dfish on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome updates! Thanks for the good work!

  21. By djtwise on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    we need to go get osi .. cut the loose fat and pick up that big tackle the steelers just released

  22. By shmash on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Keep an eye on rookie A-Rob on the eye test list. He’s one to watch for sure!

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